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Project by chrisirving posted 02-15-2018 11:55 PM 1766 views 16 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been woodworking almost a year now and ran across a Sam Maloof video on YouTube and was fascinated by the man and his work. We needed (wanted) two new stools in our kitchen. I’ve done two versions so far until I settled on this design. I wanted a flowing design so the legs have a nice arch as viewed from both the side and front and wanted the classic Maloof style horns on front
I have around 50 hours in both stools, there was an incredible amount of sanding after everything was “finished”
I finished them with dark walnut danish oil and 6 coats of cut satin poly

You can see where I started here:
Version #1 http://lumberjocks.com/projects/345137

Version #2 http://lumberjocks.com/projects/346553

I sat in the seat blanks and traced my derriere (I used a compass afterward to get it perfect) then drilled out the seats 3/4” deep as a guide on how far to sculpt them. I used a Kutzall on an angle grinder for the sculpting

This is after sculpting and cutting the joints with a table saw and router

Where they will live!
Thanks for looking, seeing all the fantastic projects on this website is a great inspiration!





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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 02-16-2018 12:05 AM

Outstanding! Absolutely gorgeous work.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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BikerDad

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#2 posted 02-16-2018 01:19 AM

Great job on those. I love the base, and the finish. Methinks that you may end up slightly reworking the seats though. It looks like the transition from the butt-well to the flats is going to make it seem like one is sitting IN the stool, rather than ON the stool. Actual seat time will let you know whether my perception is accurate or off the mark.

-- I'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park! Grace & Peace.

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oldrivers

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#3 posted 02-16-2018 02:02 AM

Very nice Stools, a great job, that is well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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chrisirving

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#4 posted 02-16-2018 02:08 AM



Great job on those. I love the base, and the finish. Methinks that you may end up slightly reworking the seats though. It looks like the transition from the butt-well to the flats is going to make it seem like one is sitting IN the stool, rather than ON the stool. Actual seat time will let you know whether my perception is accurate or off the mark.

- BikerDad


They are actually quite comfortable, I made two other versions (I have one in my shop) and had these in the kitchen for several days before finishing them. The way the light is reflected makes the seat look deeper than it is, there’s only 3/4 of an inch difference from the lowest to highest part of the seat
They are more comfortable than the cushioned stool we have

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AJ1104

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#5 posted 02-16-2018 02:15 AM

Wonderful job on your chairs!

-- AJ

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#6 posted 02-16-2018 02:58 AM

Very Nice Indeed & Well Done Chris!

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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Andrek

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#7 posted 02-16-2018 11:37 AM

Very beautiful work, something I have in mind for myself, ,the wood is gorgeous, and the crafsmanship impeccable.
Bravo and make some more ,you have talents.

-- andrek

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Notw

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#8 posted 02-16-2018 02:51 PM

These are awesome, great job

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AlmostRetired

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#9 posted 02-16-2018 02:58 PM

Nice work!

Roger

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pottz

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#10 posted 02-16-2018 03:01 PM

i gotta say after only a year and doing work of this caliber is quite impressive.you picked a great woodworker to emulate,he’s at the top of my list.im actually doing a maloof rocker right now myself,very challenging.your stools would have made sam very proud indeed.beautiful work my friend.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#11 posted 02-16-2018 03:18 PM

Chris – excellent design and execution. One year of woodworking before these stools is mighty impressive. I had fifty years of hobby woodworking before making my Maloof style rocker.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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James E McIntyre

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#12 posted 02-16-2018 06:48 PM

Beautiful! I wish you could have show us more on the making of the lower part of the chairs.
Their works of art!
Congradulations on your #1 award.

-- James E McIntyre

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chrisirving

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#13 posted 02-16-2018 07:18 PM



Beautiful! I wish you could have show us more on the making of the lower part of the chairs.
Their works of art!
Congradulations on your #1 award.

- James E McIntyre


Thanks guys!
The legs started as 8/4×4” walnut, I made an arch so the legs would have a 2” offset front and rear. The stretchers are mortise and tenon and the legs are cut oversized so I could blend them together after assembling. Basically there are no straight lines on the legs, I tried to make them look organic

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#14 posted 02-16-2018 07:29 PM

very nice and cool joinery.

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Mainiac Matt

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#15 posted 02-16-2018 09:31 PM

I’m confused…. where exactly does your bumm go?

:^D

Very nice looking stools

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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